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Postal History continued...

The Gould Correspondence continued...
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
1201 cover image1898 (Aug. 4-Dec. 10) pair of covers from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, showing "Tientsin" double-ring datestamps with "Customs" removed in black (Aug. 4) and blue (Dec. 10) respectively, both in combination with Koban 10s, cancelled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s., "Shanghai" dollar daters, Yokohama and Boston transit c.d.s. on reverse, with original enclosures, one Koban has small defect at foot from vertical crease, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
Selling for...HK$1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1202 cover image1899 (Apr. 29) 2s postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Imperial Post Office in Shanghai (May 8), Yokohama (May 16), and Boston (June 6). showing "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, indicia canceled by Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (May 11), with "T" handstamp of the Imperial P.O., "5 ctms/T" handstamp in violet, "Due 2 cents" unframed handstamp, and U.S. Postage Dues 1c singles (2) applied on arrival, one uncanceled and torn through at lower left, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,500-3,000
Selling for...HK$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1203 cover image1899 (Apr. 1) 2s postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, datelined "Pao fu, Apr. 1, 1899. Mailed to go by steamer Apr. 7" via Imperial Post Office in Tientsin (Apr. 13 dollar dater in blue), Shanghai (Apr. 9), and Boston (May 11), showing "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, the indicia canceled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Apr. 12), with handtruck "T" of the Imperial P.O. and "5 ctms/T" handstamp in violet, overall Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
Selling for...HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1204 cover image1899 (May 16) 2s postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Imperial Post Office in Shanghai (May 8), Yokohama (May 16), and Boston (June 6). showing "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, indicia canceled by Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (May 11), with "T" handstamp of the Imperial P.O., "5 ctms/T" handstamp in violet, "Due 2 cents" unframed handstamp, and U.S. Postage Dues 2c applied on arrival, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,500-3,000
Selling for...HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1205 cover image1899 (May 20-31) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine (July 14), via Tientsin (June 4), Shanghai (June 11), Yokohama (June 18), and San Francisco bearing C.I.P. 5c salmon vertical pair, canceled by "Paoting" dollar dater (May "81", error of date), in combination with Koban 10s, canceled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (June 12), with original enclosures dated May 20, 29, and 31, Fine to Very Fine and appealing,

In her May 20 letter, Annie Gould writes of the havoc and violence perpetrated by the Boxers, particularly in reference to the railroad between Peking and Paotingfu:

"I was to have started for mission meeting today but the Boxers didn't let me. They objected to having French soldiers sent to Peking and as the railroad facilitates the moving of troops they proceeded to tear up part of the road, burned 8 stations and a bridge & cut the telegraph wires….

The man with whom the Boxer movement practically originated is intensely anti-foreign. Originally, he suggested it to the people of his district as a scheme to protect themselves against bandits. Later it took on the anti-foreign spirit and now has assumed these proportions. The man was removed from being governor of Shantung because the foreigners pressed for it, but he has been made overnor of Shansi…

Recently at a town on the Railroad where there were a good many Boxers one Gen Yang went up to investigate matters. They fired on him killing his horse. His bodyguard fled & was killed. A relative who went to investigate his death was also set upon & killed by the Boxers. We shall see what comes of all this.

A few days ago a good many soldiers, Chinese, but foreign trained, arrived in Paotingfu to protect the city….

Last Monday after the R.R. was torn up the French who are in charge of the R.R. all left. Some of the ladies insisted and prevailed against the better judgement of the men. So they left, 30 of them, on 2 boats with a guard of 50 soldiers… They may get away safely but the Boxers will send word down the river and attack them on the way to Tientsin."

In the May 31 part of her letter, Annie Gould provides news about the Boxer Rebellion's effects on Paotingfu and reflections on her strong faith and commitment, in terms of her own mortality:

"Mary heard… that the Boxers have sworn to kill any foreigners they can lay hands on. Along the river therefore it will be doubly dangerous. Yesterday Mr. Wu, a superintendent of examinations or some such rank, a man who is on very good terms with the foreigners, advised Mr. Bagwell in a roundabout way to leave before the Boxers get any hotter against us. We don't want to leave…. there are about 1000 Boxers in Paotingfu now to say nothing of the numbers in villages around. What can the few soldiers do, especially as the soldiers would not fire on the Boxers to defend us. I can't see through a matter like this. We may be killed and our property looted, or we may escape by the skin of our teeth. God knows. My head believes in God's knowledge and that we can't be hurt against His will, but I can't say that I have any deep heart faith. It is intellectual faith. Just so I know perfectly well the possibilities of danger but generally speaking it does not weigh on me.

I can't tell you exactly what I fear, not death, not even violence at the hands of a mob, for the physical suffering would be over soon, and God could give strength for that. I think that it is that I feel in my daily life I am a slave to myself, my appetite, my selfish ease & such like and the thought that I am daily led captive without half a struggle keeps me in a slough of Despond most of the time and I rise out of it by throwing it off and unthinking, indifference. It is that that is my nightmare I can't pray with any faith or hope…. I feel like a hypocrite most of the time and I see my work through the bluest of blue spectacles. I simply can't put thoughts on paper. I am going to try again. If I live I will send you another letter soon…. If not on earth, we'll meet in heaven again."

Ironically, this was the last letter which Annie Gould sent to her father (docketed "261 The last") before she was captured by the Boxers on July 1 and murdered.
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Est. HK$6,000-8,000
Selling for...HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1206 cover image1899 (May 24) 2s postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Imperial Post Office in Tientsin (May 27), Shanghai (June 5), Yokohama (June 15), and Tacoma (June 29). showing "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, indicia canceled by Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (June 9), with "T" handstamp of the Imperial P.O., "Ctms/T" and "U.S. Charge/to Collect/2 cents" handstamps in violet, with U.S. Postage Dues 2c applied on arrival, stamp has vertical tear at foot and the card minor wrinkling or pitting, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,500-3,000
Selling for...HK$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1207 cover image1899 (June 1) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Imperial Post Office in Tientsin (June 5), Shanghai (June 10), and Yokohama (June 22), showing "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, in combination with Koban 5s pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (June 11), with original enclosure, Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6)

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Est. HK$4,000-5,000
Selling for...HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1208 cover image1899 (June 10-19) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Imperial Post Office in Peking (June 21), Shanghai (June 26), and Yokohama (July 6) bearing C.I.P. 1c singles (2) and 2c pair, canceled by "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, in combination with Koban 5s pair with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (June 30), with original enclosure, one stamp is missing, presumably a C.I.P. 4c. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
Selling for...HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1209 cover image1899 (June 1) 2s postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Imperial Post Office in Tientsin (June 4), Shanghai (June 11), Yokohama (June 22), and Boston (July 25). showing "Post Office/Paoting" tombstone handstamp, indicia canceled by Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (June 11), with "5 ctms/T" handstamp in violet, "Due 2 cents" unframed handstamp, and U.S. Postage Dues 2c applied on arrival, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,500-3,000
Selling for...HK$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1210 cover image1899 (July 8) 2c postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Tientsin (July 9), Shanghai (July 17), and Yokohama (July 24), showing "Paoting" dollar dater (July 8), uprated with Koban 1s singles (2), canceled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (July 18), a few trivial creases, Fine to Very Fine and an early usage of the Paoting dollar dater (July 8, 1899), the earliest recorded date being July 6, 1899. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
Selling for...HK$600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1211 cover image1899 (July 21) 2c postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Tientsin (July 23), Shanghai (July 29), and Yokohama, showing "Paoting" dollar dater (July 21), uprated with Koban 1s singles (2) with "I.P.O." framed tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Aug. 2), one Koban stamp vertically split, otherwise Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,500-2,000
Selling for...HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
1212 cover image1899 (Aug. 15) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine (Sept. 23), via Peking (Aug. 19), Shanghai (Aug. 26), Yokohama, and Boston (Sept. 23) bearing C.I.P. 10c green, canceled by "Paoting" dollar dater (Aug. 18), in combination with Koban 10s with small framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Aug. 26), the cover with original enclosure, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6)

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Est. HK$2,500-3,000
Selling for...HK$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1213 cover image1899 (Aug. 2) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Peking (Aug. 4), Shanghai, Yokohama (Aug. 15), and Boston (Sept. 7) bearing C.I.P. 5c salmon pair and 10c green, canceled by "Paoting" dollar dater, in combination with Koban 10s, vertical pair with small framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Aug. 9), the cover with original enclosure, the stamps have a few small faults, Fine to Very Fine usage paying the U.P.U. double rate. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Est. HK$3,500-4,000
Selling for...HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1214 cover image1899 (Sept. 25)-1900 (May 22), group of nine 2s and 4s (8) postal stationery cards from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, each showing "Paoting" dollar dater, the first with inverted "S" in "Sep" is on the 2s postal card which is uprated with 2s, the indiciia of each card canceled by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s., with appropriate transit c.d.s., one has the dollar dater struck in red but appears to be missing a C.I.P. 1c stamp, a few are aged, otherwise Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10)

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Est. HK$4,000-5,000
Selling for...HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1215 cover image1899 (Oct. 28) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine (Dec. 18), via Tientsin (Nov. 2), Shanghai (Nov. 10), and Yokohama (Nov. 17) bearing C.I.P. 10c green, canceled by "Paoting" dollar dater (Nov. 1), in combination with Koban 10s with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Nov. 11), smudged, the cover with original enclosure, a few small faults. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,500
Selling for...HK$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1216 cover image1899 (Nov. 14) envelope from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Tientsin (Nov. 29), Yokohama, and Boston (Jan. 3, 1900) bearing C.I.P. 10c green, canceled by "Paoting" dollar dater, in combination with Koban 2s vertical strip of four and single with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Feb. 14), the cover with original enclosure, a few small faults, Fine to Very Fine appearance. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,500
Selling for...HK$1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1217 cover image1900 (Jan. 19) 4s postal stationery card from Paotingfu to Portland, Maine, via Tientsin (Jan. 20), Shanghai, and Yokohama (Feb. 15) bearing C.I.P. 1c, canceled by "Paoting" dollar dater (Jan. 19, inverted "N" in "Jan") in red and additionally tied by "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Feb. 1), the 1c stamp has defect at lower left corner and the card has 22mm. central vertical tear at top, Fine to Very Fine appearance and rare combination usage with the C.I.P. stamp paying the domestic rate since it was applied by the sender, the dollar dater struck in red is highly unusual. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-4,000
Selling for...HK$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1218 cover image1900 (Jan. 31) envelope from Peking to Portland, Maine (Mar. 13), via Shanghai (Feb. 13) and Yokohama (Feb. 19) bearing C.I.p. 2c pair and 10c, canceled by "Peking" bilingual c.d.s. (Feb. 9), in combination with Koban 5s with small framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/I.J.P.O." c.d.s. (Feb. 14), with original enclosure, Fine to Very Fine and scarce with 14 cents Chinese postage for the Winter Overland Courier Service, though from 1898 some mail may have been carried partly by train, and, therefore, the journey was much shorter than the normal twelve days. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,500
Selling for...HK$1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1219 cover image1900 (May 14-June 23), four envelopes from Maine to Paotingfu, Chihli Province, returned to sender, two bearing 5c adhesives including Trans-Mississippi issue (straight edge) and two others are 2c stationery envelopes uprated with 3c, with original enclosures, small faults, generally Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10) (Image11) (Image12) (Image13) (Image14)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,500
Selling for...HK$600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1220 cover image1900 (May 23-Aug. 14), three envelopes and postal card from Maine or Maryland to Paotingfu, Chihli Province, returned to sender, the 5c frankings include Trans-Mississippi 5c and uprated 2c stationery envelope, while the postal card is 1c issue, one cover is sent through the British Post Office in Shanghai, a few small faults, mostly Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7)

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Est. HK$1,500-2,000
Selling for...HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction

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